Not that we're counting, but that's his sixth BMW...
An M6 Coupe in 2013, an M4 Coupe in 2014, an M6 Convertible in 2015, an M2 Coupe in 2016, an M4 CS in 2017, and now this – an M3 CS. Marc Marquez has claimed the title for the fastest MotoGP qualifier for the sixth consecutive year and that means he gets to drive home yet another shiny new BMW.
The amped-up M3 in question serves as the last hurrah for the outgoing F30-generation 3 Series and takes the shape of high-powered sports saloon of which BMW is making roughly 1,200 cars. Positioned above the Competition Package, the new CS ups the power ante to 453 bhp and 443 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged inline-six 3.0-litre engine. The added oomph has reduced the 0-62 mph sprint time to 3.9 seconds and has granted the performance saloon with a top speed of 173 mph (electronically limited).
To understand how a MotoGP rider can claim the BMW M Award at the end of the season, all drivers score points based on their positions in each qualifying weekend. Needless to say, the one to obtain the highest number of points receives the keys to a new BMW M model a.k.a. the “Official Car of MotoGP” during the last 20 seasons of the competition.
Speaking at the award ceremony held in Valencia, Spain, Marc Marquez said:
“I can hardly believe that I have won the BMW M Award for the sixth time running. One year ago, I announced here that my objective for 2018 was to claim this sixth victory - and I have actually managed it. That makes me very proud. Now I can hardly wait to get behind the wheel of this fantastic BMW M3 CS.”
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